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Kim and Donald decided on a spring elopement in Charleston, which is one of the most fun and romantic cities I’ve ever visited. We’re going to let their photographer, Kelly Sauer, tell you all about their incredibly romantic day, and how they tied the knot, southern style.

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We had one of those rare Charleston spring days when the breeze blew the heat away and the humidity lifted for the most perfect wedding weather. Kim waited at the hotel while Donald went ahead to meet the officiant and the guitarist Lindsey had booked for the ceremony at our Hampton Park location near the Citadel. He waited beneath the spanish-moss-covered crape myrtle for his bride to arrive in the Charleston Black Cab they’d rented for the day. Kim wore a one-of-a-kind, tea-length, fifties-style custom bespoke gown inspired by a dress she found on Pinterest, along with tasteful aqua heels. She carried a bouquet from Tiger Lily Florist (created by Lindsey Shanks), and wore a white flower in her hair that she had purchased in California for the occasion. Donald wore a suit they had purchased for the wedding, along with the cutest hedgehog cufflinks I’ve ever seen.

After the ceremony, we took a few portraits in the park before they climbed into the cab and drove to Sugar Bakeshop, Charleston’s favorite bakery, to share a cherry pie in celebration of their new marriage. From the bake shop, we drove to Philadelphia Alley, a location Donald himself had chosen to capture as much of Charleston in one spot as we could: cobblestones, wrought iron, architecture, and that little bit of historic-pirate-tropical refinement that makes this city like no other. We ended the day in another alley as the couple went to dinner at McCrady’s Restaurant, known for its creative and modern approach to traditional Southern cuisine.

I loved the wedding, but I loved this down-to-earth couple more than any details. From my first contact with them, their kindness and enjoyment of the simplest pleasures made them one of my very favorite couples ever, and I felt so honored to be a guest on their wedding day. They had been together six years, and it felt as if they had known each other forever. I loved their easy rapport and the way they brought beauty to life just by living it the way they did. They handed each vendor a thank-you note before they said goodbye, and even though it was their day, they showed such consideration for everyone with whom they came into contact.

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Vendors: Styled and Photographed by: Kelly Sauer and Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride // Floral Bouquet, created by Lindsey Shanks: Tiger Lily Florist // Black Cab: Charleston Black Cab // Bakery: Sugar Bakeshop

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Our darling Ashlee Raubach sent us this sweet family centered wedding that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The bridal party’s bright pops of coral are to die for! Be sure to read more from our gorgeous bride about their story behind the day.

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What made your wedding special and unique?

Perhaps the most unique aspect of our wedding was that our families have been intertwined for many years: our parents were friends, our grandparents were friends, and even our great grandparents were friends. This produced a special dynamic as the groom’s party and the bride’s party combined into one big, happening party!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

In eighth grade, some of our dearest friends built a stately French-Villa-style home on the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains in Northern Utah surrounded by beautiful horse pastures. For years I dreamed of one day having my wedding reception there. Thanks to their generosity, perfect weather, and tasteful flowers and decorations, my dreams literally came true. 

Being a professional violinist, I also decided from a young age that I would have live music at my wedding. Because many of our favorite songs are jazz classics, we chose Jay Lawrence’s band to provide a refined but relaxed atmosphere for the reception and dance.

We also chose to have a crepe bar for our guests to enjoy to go along with the “French Villa” theme (not to mention because they are delicious—bon appétit!)

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

While the most memorable part of the day was undoubtedly the private wedding ceremony performed by my sweet grandpa in the Salt Lake Temple, our wedding day will forever be a cherished memory because of the special people we shared it with. The entire day was one filled with laughter and love as we were surrounded by those family and friends who mean the most to us.

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Tell us how you met/proposed!

Believe or not, our mothers have been close friends since college and as a result Jon and I have known each other our entire lives. There are definitely unique advantages that come with having known your husband for so long. For starters, you each share memories that go back to your childhood, like going to Disneyland together at the age of six and having pictures of your one-day husband sandwiched between his future in-laws.  Perhaps the most special of all these memories, however, was the beautiful summer’s night we spent in my aunt’s blooming backyard talking and laughing for hours. It was that night, at the ages of 15 and 17, that Jon and I connected for the first time; from that night on we were more than just childhood friends.

After 5 ½ long but special years of dating and courtship filled with hundreds of emails, dozens of hand-written letters, hours of Skyping, and many, many months spent more than 2,000 miles apart, Jon surprised me by proposing in December of 2011.   He popped the question at our favorite lookout situated just above the Avenues in Salt Lake City—the very place we had gone on our first date exactly one year (to the day!) prior. It was perfect, and just six months later our lives would finally align forever on June 12, 2012.

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Vendors: Photography: Ashlee Raubach // Ceremony: Salt Lake Temple // Reception Venue: Private Residence in Brigham City, Utah // Bride’s Gown and Veil: Gateway Bridal // Hair and Makeup: Jenn Keepers of Salon Bleu // Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction // Wedding Bands: Rocky Mountain Diamond // Floral Design: Suzanne Thorup // Cake: Piece of Cake! // Catering: Utah Celebrations Catering // Jazz Band: Jay Lawrence and Friends // Calligraphy: Ron Tate // Event Planning, Creative Direction, Custom Pool Monogram, Invitations and Paper Goods: Martha Hatfield // Tables, Chairs and Linen Rentals: Diamond Rental and Wedding Essentials

Since today is a holiday, we figured a destination wedding would be the perfect way to celebrate. We’re so excited to share Elizabeth and Matt’s wedding designed by the fabulous Mishka Designs at Casa Quetzal and shot by Jillian Mitchell Photography. Elizabeth and Matt’s reason for wanting a destination wedding was the same reason Bryan and I chose one as well–after attending a destination wedding and loving the experience so much, we decided we wanted the same for our guests! We’ll let our gorgeous bride tell you a little more!

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Some words from the bride:

“After being a guest at my cousin’s destination wedding, I was absolutely in love with the idea of traveling with all our favorite people to get married. It was so special, intimate and so much fun! We liked Mexico from the beginning as we love so many elements of the Latin culture. Deciding where in Mexico was more difficult, we wanted to get married somewhere that had an old world, hacienda feel to it. I happened upon Mishka Designs, my wedding planner, and I absolutely loved all of her weddings so I decided Puerto Vallarta would be the perfect place!! With Mishka’s help, we found the eventual wedding venue, Casa Quetzal, a beautiful villa over looking the Pacific Ocean.

The venue was breathtaking on the day of the wedding. The details were unbelievable, from the hand-strung orchids in the ceremony space to the painted talavera shot glasses for our tequila tasting. After the ceremony we joined our family and friends in sipping margaritas, watching the setting sun over the bay, and listening to the mariachi band serenade the group. After our first dance in a cobblestone courtyard, the party began to start and Mishka brought out the hand-painted maracas.”

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Vendors: Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography // Favors and Gifts: Mishka Designs // Reception Venue: Casa Quetzal // Invitation Designer: Serendipity Beyond Design

We are SOOOO excited to get to feature a wedding shot by A Brit & A Blonde. Their photography is always SO much fun! They did such a good job telling us about Yaryna and Jason’s wedding, that we figure we’ll let them take if from here:

We adore this city cool wedding–Yaryna and Jason have style for miles and miles. We are talking bespoke tuxedo, ah-maze Carolina Herrera wedding dress, pops of yellow and an adorbs pup with a bow tie. Jason & Yaryna are a super fun couple and have an impeccable design aesthetic. The groom is a graphic designer and well, he looks pretty darn awesome in his bespoke tuxedo. Yaryna looked beyond amazing in a drop dead gorgeously perfect dress from Caroline Herrera. Her oh-so-bang on hair and that perfect red pout were the perfect accessories, thanks to uber rad hair/makeup genius Lucky Bromhead (who also does makeup for MTV Canada). She even parked her sweet baby blue Vespa outside where we could not resist taking some snaps with the bride. The couple adore their big city of Toronto – so dressed to the nines, they opted to wait for the streetcar and take public transit to their wedding. We kinda dig them for that. The pops of yellow with the balloons, the bridesmaids shoes, the fun “yeah” sticks, the groom’s socks and even their beloved dog’s bowtie added that sense of “je ne sais quoi”. The Burroughes Building was where they held their ceremony and reception for about 90 guests. The exposed brick wall and industrial feel was the perfect choice for this city loving couple. Right in the heart of their city.

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Vendors: Photography: A Brit & A Blonde // Hair Stylist: W Salon // Caterer: The Food Dudes // Floral Designer: King West Flowers // Reception Venue: The Burroughes Building // Dress Designer: Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Sarah Seven // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Lucky // Shoes: Church’s // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Gian Paolo Mazzotta // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Specialty Foods: The Clever Cookie

We have never seen a wedding that was more fun than Susie and Jared’s! Everything from their bright color scheme, to their neon letters and Susie’s short dress is full of excitement! While the bride took on a number of DIY projects (including the adorable photo booth backdrop), Amorology Weddings stepped in to help design! We are doubly excited to share this wedding because it was shot by Acqua Photo, one of our newest Grey Collective Members. We love all of the well captured moments of Susie and Jared! I wish I could have attended their wedding! So. Much. Fun!!!

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Vendors: Photographer and Studio Booth: Acqua Photo // Wedding Coordinator and Event Designer: Amarology Weddings // Venue: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Florist: Form and Function // DJ: Injoy Entertainment // Band: Zzymzzy //Hair & Makeup: Char Sanchez // Invitations: Jeannie Mutrais // Day of Paper Elements: Peanut Press Creative // Cake & Pies: Elizabeth Harris // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Ceremony Music: Jeff Brown // Wedding Dress: Designer Rosa Clara // Bride’s Shoes: Wowie Zowie Heel // Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth // Bridesmaid Shoes: Naturalizer Shoes // Bridesmaid Necklaces: Modcloth // Photo Backdrop, Hairpiece and Love Bench: Bride // Cake Toppers: Groom